The Phillies and Aaron Nola have an agreement, but it’s not the one fans were hoping for. The two sides have agreed to put off any further negotiations regarding a contract extension until after the season. There had been talks during the winter and into spring training, but they have now stopped, according to Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Both Dave Dombrowski and Nola’s agent, Joe Longo, gave Coffey statements that appear the two sides are amicable and respectful of each other.

“We think the world of him, quality pitcher, quality human being, but sometimes you get to this point where you’re not able to consummate a deal that both sides feel comfortable. We’re very open minded to trying to sign him at the end of the season. We’re hopeful he’ll remain a Phillie for a long time.” – Dave Dombrowski to Alex Coffey

Longo confirmed that he and Nola are willing to reopen the talks once the season ends, so there is some confidence that the two sides may agree on an extension prior to Nola hitting free agency. The situation could mirror the J.T. Realmuto situation of a couple seasons ago when Realmuto shut down negotiations and entered free agency, only to re-sign with the Phillies.

”We had good communication with the Phillies. We just couldn’t agree at this time. We’ll pick up the conversation again at the end of the season.” – Joe Longo to Alex Coffey

Nola signed a four-year, $45-million deal with a team option prior to the 2019 season. Following the World Series, the Phillies picked up the one-year, $16-million option on Nola to cover this season. Nola, 29, is currently the longest tenured Phillie and was named their opening day starter for the sixth straight season.

In his career with the Phillies, Nola is 78-62 with a 3.60 ERA.